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Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 3 June 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

We are beginning a big loop around this dry lake bed which shows that this was once a much wetter area. We are also beyond the point where four-wheel drive is recommended. I didn't need it at all but was glad for the high ground clearance. There were spots on this section of road that probably get pretty muddy after a big rain.

Joshua Tree National Park
Part of the Great American West series.

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I like very much the leading dry vegetation which shows well this desert landscape as well as the sweetness of the mountains of the background

3 Jun 2011 5:23am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A beautiful landscape with lovely composition and tones Steve!

3 Jun 2011 5:42am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Good view and ironic title :)

3 Jun 2011 5:50am

Bill Brown from California, United States

A gorgeous mixture of colors in this wonderful landscape.

3 Jun 2011 6:35am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

J'aime beaucoup ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

3 Jun 2011 6:42am

Kala from United States

Beautiful composition and tones Steve.

3 Jun 2011 7:25am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Splendid ! A dry lake ? Imressiv !

3 Jun 2011 8:03am

PATRICK from miramas, France


3 Jun 2011 8:52am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A really great beach !!!!! Wonderful landscape and super shot. Good day.

3 Jun 2011 9:35am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

beautiful landscape . great sky !

3 Jun 2011 11:45am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Amazing landscape, the kind we don't see in Japan.

3 Jun 2011 11:59am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A beautifully framed and composed shot Steve! Well done! ;-)

3 Jun 2011 12:07pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great shot with that large dry bush in the foreground and the lake bed stretching all the way to the mountains.

3 Jun 2011 12:35pm

Veronique from Hautes-Pyrénées, France

lovely wild landscape

3 Jun 2011 1:01pm

Florence from Paris, France

I easily imagine a lake here as you've mentionned. It's incredible how landscapes can change (I guess it took a long time). Amazing spot.

3 Jun 2011 1:17pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

It must have offered a beautiful reflecting surface when there was water on this lake bed... not to mention habitat for all kinds of life.

3 Jun 2011 1:30pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

interenate imagen con la información con que se ofrece, muy buena!

3 Jun 2011 5:32pm

Kiki from Ambert, France

The earth changes, always! And I like imagining with the lake a more green landscape here... a day again perhaps :)

3 Jun 2011 7:21pm

skarlet from kerman, Iran

stuning! great composition...

3 Jun 2011 7:43pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like this landscape a lot…

3 Jun 2011 8:15pm

Dokmateo from madird, Spain

Clever angle and beautiful landscape ahead...=)

3 Jun 2011 10:46pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, such a hostile land - it is amazing how what once nourished and supported life can just dry up and provide nothing more. Wonderful shot!

4 Jun 2011 12:20am

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Nice landscape shot ! Beautiful scene.

4 Jun 2011 12:37am

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

Let's hope it remains like this, and doesn't fall into the hands of developers.

4 Jun 2011 2:27am

@Michael Fresh: Luckily, this is part of a national park. Unless the politicians go completely crazy, it should be safe.

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What a sight and mood... the vastness is amazing! Fabulously composed and rendered, as always! Have a nice weekend!:-)

4 Jun 2011 4:22am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

love the comp of this frame!
such variety of texture, levels of view and colour!

4 Jun 2011 7:40am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

nice composition here and it a great view of this expansive landscape! very rugged and barren...

4 Jun 2011 8:24am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Quite an arid capture of this beautiful landscape. I wonder how lush it once was when the lake was present.

4 Jun 2011 12:35pm

Longroute from Cagliari, Italy

Lovely contrast between the blue sky and the bleak terrain. I like this infinite view of the desert and you framed it perfectly with the 1/3 rule. The presence of the bush in foreground enhances the feeling of vast emptiness. A bright and colourful image.

4 Jun 2011 3:35pm